I have led a grasshopper life as a counter intelligence agent, a systems analyst and vice president of a Fortune 500 company, the owner-manager of a guest ranch, a bus driver, an author who has written 8 books, and a relatively-successful artist. I didn't begin to write until I was in my mid-40s, several years after I received my M.A. in Journalism at New York University. At the present, I have one memoir and six novels to offer. Some of these books have been published five to twenty years ago. I have created new editions of a few, and made a few changes to book structure and title. I have released the One Touch of Espionage and Creativity and the Manic Depressive: In Search of Balance and Stability, June, 2018. The rest will appear between July and December. They are my children. I hope you will enjoy their company. They are fun and instructional to be with.
Why do you write books?
I love─and need─to create. It has become a way of life. Writing books instead of any other kind of writing is like building a house versus building a bookshelf: it's more complex and more satisfying. My original plan was to write a non-fiction book and a novel. Now I have written 6 novels. For balance for the past 25 years, half of my time has been devoted to art. I paint in watercolors and oils. Satisfaction from selling a canvas comes faster than selling a book, but then a piece of art may take a week. A book? Up to four years.
How do you choose what to write?
Aside from my two action-mysteries (which I may extend to 3 or 4), I latch on to unusual individuals─not the kind publishers want for best sellers (unfortunately), but those who have made an impact on America or their profession, and in two cases, individuals whose life was so unique and colorful I couldn't resist. Each individual must be sufficiently complex to enable me to delve into the fabric of history (American) until I find something no one else knows, then I put it into my book like a little secret.
The trilogy tells of both Martin, and a Missouri Quaker girl, Edith, who head west in 1864. They fall in love on the banks of the Missouri, then separate. Each works through 4 rough years, then reunite in Wyoming. Martin becomes a military post trader, they marry, and settle at Martin's post on the Shoshone Indian Reservation. While they fight disease, a 100-year storm, and hostile Indians, Martin's companions, Buck and Chad, land in Helena, MT, to work in Buck's uncle's gold mine. The uncle dies in an accident, and Buck marries his uncle's former wife,Cheryl. Martin drives cattle to Helena. The three unite. Martin invites the two to leave and come to Wyoming. Buck drinks heavily from guilt, then discovers Cheryl is in league with thieves. The mine and money disappear, and Cheryl leaves Buck. In 1900, the same year Chief Washakie dies, the railroad reaches Wyoming cattle country, and Buck kills Cheryl.Chad pulls him out of jail and the two head for Wyoming.
Counter intelligence agent for the US Army is badly used, so he leaves and becomes a photojournalist in San Francisco where his curiosity gets him into all sorts of trouble. His old roommate in Paris helps him out from time to time.
Fiction » Historical » USA
Photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White was a woman's dream: beautiful, talented, and independent. As the ACE photographer for FORTUNE and LIFE magazines for nearly three decades, she brought the world to America. She always got the shot she wanted, and before she was 30 years old she was rich and famous.
Albert Bierstadt was the highest-paid and most controversial landscape artist in America. He appeared from nowhere, rose to the top, then lost everything, His life thus replicated the cycle of the "Hero With a Thousand Faces."
Martin and Edith reunite at Carter Station, Territory of Wyoming. Martin becomes a military post trader, then they marry and settle at Martin's post on the Shoshone Indian Reservation. While they raise a family they also fight disease, a 100-year storm, crooked politicians, and and hostile Indians.
Martin and Edith each head West in 1864. They fall in love but separate, then each has four years of dead-end jobs and personal failures. When each finally finds what they believe they were looking for, there is still the anguish of not having the other with them.
In 1872, five men explored and helped to create our first national park, the Yellowstone. It was not their objective until six months before the bill was signed. Each made a significant contribution--a geologist, a photographer, an artist, a banker, and a frontiersman. The book tells their story.
Yes, this is the story of my rather difficult life. On the other hand, it indicates that creativity has provided a balance against Manic Depression probably since high school. just didn't know it until the turn of the century. It's not an easy book to read. Graphic!